The Bay of Islands of New Zealand is world-renowned as a prestigious destination for game fishing for tuna, mahi-mahi, kingfish, marlin and more.

This breathtakingly scenic part of the New Zealand coast is a three hour drive, or just a short 35 minute flight north of Auckland.

The Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula, including the towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri.

Once you’re around Tapeka Point you’ll find yourself in a maritime adventure playground surrounded by an abundance of wildlife including penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales and gannets.

Make a home base at the Eagles Nest Retreat, set in a 75 acre estate atop its own private ridgeline and affording a spectacular view. The gardens and lodgings blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings with an eclectic international contemporary style. There are five world-class villas to choose from on the property.

Eagle Spirit is tucked snugly into the hillside in a sheltered, sun-drenched location. It features three ensuite bedrooms, all opening onto the deck to overlook the heated, horizon-edged pool. Stroll down the native bush walk to the private beach or relax with a drink on your deck as you watch the dolphins play in the water just below.

Enjoy a gourmet breakfast every day and close proximity to some of Russell’s most authentic local restaurants. You might take a scenic cruise or a dolphin swim adventure, go snorkeling, scuba, or enjoy other water activities. But many sportsmen come here for the unsurpassed game fishing.

Step on to a luxury fishing vessel and make your angling dreams come true. The clear blue waters are a stunning sight and they’re teaming with a variety of big game fish.

The resilience of the Bay of Island’s marine habitat continues to provide local and international sportsmen with memorable experiences. The bay is sheltered from most weather by the extensive Cape Brett peninsula and countless islands.

Striped marlin take up residence off shore in late summer through autumn. At the same time, tuna – especially albacore and skipjack – can be accessed even by small boats and kayaks.

The all-year inshore snapper population peaks during spring and early summer months. Hapuku and tarakihi are targeted from mid-winter until high summer.

Kingfish and kahawai fishing is good for much of the year but really peaks in late summer through autumn. Apart from a seasonal restriction on scallops, both oysters and mussels are available all year and at their very best in the spring.

An 8 day/7 night adventure – based on 6 people sharing the villa and up to 4 people fishing – starts from $3495 per person. You can book this trip through Worth Every Moment by clicking here.

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